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It’s called constructivist learning, and fortunately for you, you’ve come to the right place.Your childhood playtime is the perfect training for successful hands-on learning at IntelliTec and beyond.
It’s what IntelliTec is all about: hands-on, skills based learning where students construct knowledge instead of expecting someone construct it for them. It may have started with Legos, but it ends with your ability to figure things out in classroom, and more importantly, in the world.
Students find more success when they use active techniques (experiments, real-world problem solving) to create more knowledge. Once the experiment is complete, it’s time to reflect on and talk about what they are doing and how their understanding is changing.
The best outcome for constructivist classroom learning ideally means students become “expert learners.” Learning HOW TO LEARN helps them develop and use a wide range of tools.
How We Construct Meaning – From the Classroom to Everyday Life
1. Learning is an active process – you have to actually do something for knowledge to sink in.
2. People learn to learn as they learn – simply put, don’t be surprised if you learn something totally unrelated to what you thought you were learning.
3. Constructing meaning happens in the mind first – activities need to engage the mind as well as the hands.
4. People talk to themselves as they learn – you’re not crazy…it’s an advanced way of learning!
5. Learning is a social activity: our learning is intimately associated with our connection with other human beings – conversation and interaction with others are key ways of learning.
6. Learning happens when we can relate it to who we are, what we know, what we believe, and our prejudices and fears – we learn well when we can relate to it on a personal level. It’s why relationship building is vital in the classroom.
7. One needs knowledge to learn – the more we know, the more we can learn.
8. It takes time to learn: learning is not instantaneous – revisit ideas, think about them, try them out, play with them and use them. This can’t happen in 5-10 minutes.
9. Motivation is a key component in learning – unless we know “the reasons why”, we may not be very involved in using the knowledge we’ve learned.
You can never underestimate the power of play. That same creativity and curiosity produce tools for better and higher level learning. The next time you find yourself in the toy store, there’s no need to embarrassingly say the Tinker Toys are for the kids. Proudly claim they’re for you – for your college degree.